Legislative

Update – February 10, 2017

This week the Florida House and Senate Banking & Insurance committees held meetings.  The Senate’s meeting was directed more to Health Insurance and did not deal with commercial (public entity) insurance.  For a full video or audio of the committee meeting, click on this link.

The House’s committee meeting dealt only with Workers Compensation.  The committee set up a panel discussion on the NCCI rate filings, how they are done, the court case relative to Sunshine, rate approval process, the WorkComp opt out programs in other states and can it work in Florida, drug pricing and system for obtaining drugs in the WorkComp system and finally a short section on the system as a whole.  The rate filings really don’t apply to the Trust, but it can be a great indicator of whether the costs of insurance are going to be going up or down.  As pointed out in the committee meeting, “you may have problems with how NCCI comes up with the rates, but historically they have been on target as to when claim costs go up and when they go down.”  NCCI and other auditors believe that because of current court cases, claim costs will be going up between 12% and 23%.  For a full video or audio of the committee meeting, click on this link.

Any questions on the committee meetings, please contact Scott J. Blaser at sblaser@fsbit.net


The Florida House as of this post has 1171 bills currently filed.  Of those there are 19 bills dealing with the different forms of insurance within Florida.  None of those bills have an impact on the Trust or its’ members.  The Banking & Insurance House Committee is very active in discussing rate change models and procedures and the Workers Compensation system changes but no bills have been filed for those changes yet. 

The Florida House has 96 bills filed relative to safety that could affect the Trust or members.  Below are the summaries of those bills and the link to each bill.

HB 85 – Students Remaining on School Grounds During School Hours

General Bill by Slosberg (CO-SPONSORS) Diaz, M.; McGhee
Students Remaining on School Grounds During School Hours: Provides short title; authorizes district school boards to adopt policies permitting students to leave school grounds during lunch period; prohibits schools in certain districts from permitting students to leave school grounds during lunch period without prior written parental consent.
Effective Date: July 1, 2017
Last Event: Now in PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee on Monday, January 09, 2017 2:26 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=56703

HB 147  – Skateboard and Scooter Regulations

General Bill by Stark
Skateboard and Scooter Regulations: Creates “Max’s Helmet Law”; requires child under 16 to wear helmet while riding skateboard or foot-propelled scooter; provides helmet standards; prohibits attachment of skateboard or scooter to vehicle; prohibits parent from authorizing violation; prohibits renting or leasing skateboard or scooter without helmet; provides for enforcement, penalties, exceptions, & disposition of fines.
Effective Date: October 1, 2017
Last Event: Now in Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 5:31 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=56794

HB 411  – Student Discipline

General Bill by Antone
Student Discipline: Revises duties of district school boards relating to student discipline & school safety & qualifications of school resource officer & school safety officer; requires district school board to adopt policy on referrals to criminal justice system or juvenile justice system, rather than policy of zero tolerance for crime & victimization.
Effective Date: July 1, 2017
Last Event: Now in PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee on Monday, February 06, 2017 2:15 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=57060

SB 438  – Out-of-school Suspension

General Bill by Baxley
Out-of-school Suspension: Authorizing a parent to give public testimony regarding a district school board’s out-of-school suspension policy at a specified meeting; requiring a district school board to review its rules authorizing out-of-school suspension during a specified timeframe at a district school board meeting; requiring the board to take public testimony at the meeting; providing that the rules expire under certain circumstances, etc.
Effective Date: 07/01/2017
Last Event: 02/01/17 S Referred to Education; Rules on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 9:30 AM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=57033

HB 493  – Enhanced Safety for School Crossings

General Bill by Toledo (CO-SPONSORS) Fischer
Enhanced Safety for School Crossings: Requires DOT to adopt uniform system of high-visibility markings & signage for designation of safe school crossing locations, to compile & distribute system manual, & to install & maintain certain safe school crossing locations under certain circumstances; requires markings & signage to be installed & maintained in conformity with such system; authorizes DOT to enter into maintenance agreements with counties/municipalities; requires county/municipality to maintain safe school crossings located therein; requires inspection for proper maintenance; requires DOT to establish standards for permanent & portable signs.
Effective Date: July 1, 2017
Last Event: Now in Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Monday, February 06, 2017 2:16 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=57113

SB 798  – Public Information of School Districts

General Bill by Baxley
Public Information of School Districts: Revising the duties of a district school board to include the administration of public information programs; providing for district school board policies that authorize advertisements on school buses, etc.
Effective Date: 07/01/2017
Last Event: 02/08/17 S Filed on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 12:13 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=57722

SB 810  – Students with Disabilities in Public Schools

General Bill by Stewart
Students with Disabilities in Public Schools: Amending provisions relating to the use, prevention, and reduction of restraint and seclusion on students with disabilities; prohibiting the use of physical restraint by school personnel who are not certified to use district-approved methods for applying restraint techniques; requiring continuing education and inservice training for teaching students with emotional or behavioral disabilities, etc.
Effective Date: 07/01/2017
Last Event: 02/08/17 S Filed on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 3:09 PM

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=57754

SB 148: Students Remaining on School Grounds During School Hours

GENERAL BILL by Garcia

Students Remaining on School Grounds During School Hours; Citing this act as the “Mayra Capote Act”; requiring schools in certain districts to obtain written parental consent before permitting students to leave school grounds during the lunch period, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 12/20/2016 Senate – Referred to Education; Community Affairs; Rules
Location: In committee/council (ED)
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/0148

SB 266: Skateboard and Scooter Regulations

GENERAL BILL by Book

Skateboard and Scooter Regulations; Citing this act as the “Max’s Helmet Law”; requiring a child under 16 years of age to wear a helmet while riding a skateboard, scooter, or other similar foot-propelled wheeled vehicle; authorizing the issuance of a citation by a law enforcement officer to the child and the assessment of a certain fine for a specified violation; prohibiting a person from knowingly renting or leasing a skateboard, scooter, or other similar foot-propelled wheeled vehicle to be ridden by a child unless specified requirements are met, etc.

Effective Date: 10/1/2017
Last Action: 1/25/2017 Senate – Referred to Transportation; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations
Location: In committee/council (TR)
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/0266

SB 438: Out-of-school Suspension

GENERAL BILL by Baxley

Out-of-school Suspension; Authorizing a parent to give public testimony regarding a district school board’s out-of-school suspension policy at a specified meeting; requiring a district school board to review its rules authorizing out-of-school suspension during a specified timeframe at a district school board meeting; requiring the board to take public testimony at the meeting; providing that the rules expire under certain circumstances, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 2/1/2017 Senate – Referred to Education; Rules
Location: In committee/council (ED)
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/0438

If you have any questions relative to this summary, please contact Scott J. Blaser, Director of Insurance Operations. sblaser@fsbit.net